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  • The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon

    ★★★★★

    "You imbecile! You stupid eediot!"

    Remarkably, this was John Huston's directorial debut. And Bogey was only a year away from Casablanca. You'd think Huston were a grizzled vet by then. 1941 was quite a year for rookie directors. A 25-year-old kid named Orson Welles made Citizen Kane.

    Arthur Edeson's cinematography is amazing and innovative, inventing that classic film noir look.

    Bogey's great as Sam Spade, the iconic hardboiled detective who must unravel a double murder that claimed his business partner,…

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The first Wonder Woman was about World War I and the dark side of man, and the true villain was man itself. So... how do you possibly top that?

    With a title like Wonder Woman 1984, I imagined synthesizers, neon, They Live sunglasses (worn at night), a Carpenter-esque score, some kind of combination of Back to the Future and The Terminator, and possibly allusions to Orwell. The latter is close enough as we got Sonny Crockett's wardrobe, white after Labor…

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  • Hot Fuzz

    Hot Fuzz

    ★★★★½

    Can you believe this is my first time seeing any of the Simon Pegg comedy films? Better late than never.

    This is a romp and a half -- acting, writing, directing, and editing are all top notch. Cinematography is nice and flashy. Pegg and Frost have great chemistry, and Timothy Dalton has a deliciously fun role.

    Hot Fuzz leaves HBO Max on Monday.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Just in case the Letterboxd page for Zack Snyder's Justice League gets merged with the Joss Whedon theatrical cut (as happened with the Producer's Cut of Halloween 6), I want to clarify that I am reviewing The Snyder Cut.

    Zack Snyder's Justice League is so different from Joss Whedon's theatrical cut that it's literally an entirely different movie. Like 99 percent different. The two versions have almost no scenes/moments in common; maybe two or three, to be honest.

    For a…